EGC internships – Current openings

The Yale Economic Growth Center (EGC) seeks a student with demonstrated research and writing skills and an interest in the history of development economics to serve as the Economic History Research & Communications Intern for the 2022-23 Academic Year. The successful candidate will work independently to determine an agenda for the project, conduct interviews and archival research, and write articles for the EGC History Project, using EGC’s historical archive as a resource and building on work completed over the last two years of the project.  The position offers an opportunity to work with Yale economics and history faculty and interact with past members of the EGC community who have gone on to prominent positions in international development. The intern will also receive coaching in writing and editing, author articles to be published on Yale websites and external outlets, and participate in a vibrant community of interns, postgraduate fellows, and researchers.

We invite applications from people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field of economics. Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer, and values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct desk research, including obtaining and analyzing historical documents
  • Research individuals who have historical knowledge, interview them, and transcribe interviews; conduct outreach to Yale alumni and other stakeholders
  • Write original articles (with byline) as well as website text
  • Maintain and expand a database of historical materials by processing documents digitally for accessibility and organizing them readily searchable and citable format; research and execute archival practices
  • Learn webpage building software and construct webpages
  • Write social media posts and contribute to an outreach strategy to publicize the EGC History project, articles, and archive
  • Potentially plan and execute panel discussions and other events for the public
  • Participate in regular Center meetings; support and interact with a community of student interns and postgraduate fellows.
  • Other tasks as needed

Qualifications

  • Strong, demonstrated writing and research ability; strong verbal communication skills
  • Strong economics coursework
  • Background in history coursework and/or journalism is desired
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask effectively
  • Ability to work independently and drive projects
  • Website and design skills are desired

How to Apply

Undergraduates search for Job #29326, and Graduates search for Job #29322 on the Student Employment Office website. When given the opportunity, upload one single PDF labeled “Last name, First name – Economic History Intern F22” containing your CV, statement of interest, and academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and a short nonacademic writing sample.

Who We Are

The Economic Growth Center (EGC) was founded in 1961 with support from the Ford Foundation as the first research center in a major US university focused on the quantitative study of lower-income economies. It soon became the host for Yale’s master’s program in International and Development Economics (IDE), which continues to train development researchers and policy practitioners.

Today, the Center is Yale’s hub for economics research and teaching on issues concerning lower-income economies and advancement of their populations. EGC researchers examine the links between economic growth, structural transformation, and individual outcomes, with a focus on how inequality and a changing climate affect individuals, especially those in marginalized groups. Others directly examine the political economy of development and ask how public policy can affect economic justice in lower-income settings. Many research projects are in collaboration with governments and other policy counterparts in developing countries, creating a direct channel through which research insights benefit the lives of millions of people. The Center supports the wider research community by enabling open access to large-scale surveys conducted by its researchers, and it hosts the Program in Economic History, which supports historical analysis of economic growth in developed as well as developing countries.

  • Start date: Aug 31, 2022
  • End date: TBD
  • Expected weekly hours: 10+ hours
  • Search for Job #29321 on the Student Employment Office website, and submit the materials listed below.

The Role

The Yale Economic Growth Center seeks a student with writing and communications skills and strong economics coursework to serve as Development Economics Research Communications Intern for the 2022-23 Academic Year. This internship will allow a candidate with a strong background in economics as well as research, writing, and communications skills the opportunity to write content about current research in development economics. The successful candidate may also contribute to other communications efforts by gathering and synthesizing information to be used in articles directed toward the public (via profiles, op-eds and blogs), academic audiences (research summaries), and policymakers (policy briefs). The goal is to convey research insights for policy to improve lives in developing countries.

Our internships offer an opportunities to work with Yale economics faculty and visitors, and also receive coaching in writing and editing, and participate in a vibrant community of interns, postgraduate fellows, and researchers. The intern will author articles to be published on Yale websites and external outlets, and also support a wide range of communications activities related to economics and policy research, including website building, event planning, researching contacts, and working in multimedia platforms. This is a dynamic research portfolio which allows for creativity and growth, and tasks may change as the agenda develops.

We invite applications from people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field of economics. Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer, and values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct desk research to gather and summarize data and other background information relevant to economics writing
  • Conduct interviews to use in researcher profiles and research summaries
  • Identify, document, review, and summarize relevant research and news articles
  • Source images, draft, and edit website text, and build webpages
  • Organize and store all background research in readily searchable and citable format
  • Support article proofing and grammar edits of text, as requested
  • Assist in building an audience on social media
  • Assist in building a database of contacts
  • Other tasks as needed

Qualifications

  • Significant coursework in economics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Background in public policy and/or journalism is desired
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask effectively
  • Website and design skills are desired

How to Apply

Search for Job #29321 on the Student Employment Office website. When given the opportunity, upload one single PDF labeled “Last name, First name – Communications Intern F22” that includes the following:

  • Your CV
  • A Statement of Interest
  • Your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A short nonacademic writing sample

Who We Are

The Economic Growth Center (EGC) was founded in 1961 with support from the Ford Foundation as the first research center in a major US university focused on the quantitative study of lower-income economies. It soon became the host for Yale’s master’s program in International and Development Economics (IDE), which continues to train development researchers and policy practitioners.

Today, the Center is Yale’s hub for economics research and teaching on issues concerning lower-income economies and advancement of their populations. EGC researchers examine the links between economic growth, structural transformation, and individual outcomes, with a focus on how inequality and a changing climate affect individuals, especially those in marginalized groups. Others directly examine the political economy of development and ask how public policy can affect economic justice in lower-income settings. Many research projects are in collaboration with governments and other policy counterparts in developing countries, creating a direct channel through which research insights benefit the lives of millions of people. The Center supports the wider research community by enabling open access to large-scale surveys conducted by its researchers, and it hosts the Program in Economic History, which supports historical analysis of economic growth in developed as well as developing countries.

  • Start date: September 12, 2022 
  • End date: TBD  
  • Expected weekly hours: 10+ hours 
  • Target Audience: Undergraduate students and Master’s students with skills and interests in coding, data science, computer science or statistics (full qualification requirements below);  Students may be in the Statistics, Statistics and Data Science, and Computer Science programs, but this is not a requirement for this internship   
  • Undergraduates: Search for Job #29319 on the Student Employment Office website, and submit the materials listed below.
  • Graduates: Search for Job #29324 on the Student Employment Office website, and submit the materials listed below.

The Role 

The Yale Economic Growth Center (EGC) seeks students with demonstrated statistics, data science or computer science skills and an interest in applying these skills to questions in development economics to serve as Research Assistants  in  the inaugural EGC Data Science Research Assistantship program in the 2022-23 Academic Year. We expect multiple openings in this role for the 2022-23 Academic Year. 

Each successful candidate will work closely with an EGC faculty affiliate to assist with a variety of research and analysis tasks including data sourcing, web scraping, data cleaning and harmonization, data analysis, data wrangling and visualization, codebook preparation, and dataset management. The RA will develop extensive experience in machine learning and related statistical techniques through a variety of computational exercises that range from hypothesis testing, to understanding heterogeneity in program impacts, to clustering and anomaly detection, to forecasting. The RA will also develop deep knowledge in the suitability and application of specific techniques to specific questions and data in international development.  

The position offers an opportunity to work with Yale economics faculty and deepen skills in big data application to pressing questions in economic development. The intern will participate in a vibrant community of interns, postgraduate fellows, and researchers at the EGC. 

We invite applications from people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field of economics. Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer, and values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff. 

Once top candidates are selected from the pool of applicants, they will learn about specific project opportunities and then will undergo a matching process with relevant faculty to determine final assignments.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct desk research, including on thematic or methodological questions related to the focal research project 
  • Identify and source secondary or administrative datasets of relevance to the research project, seeking the right permissions as needed 
  • Learn and apply suitable statistical and machine learning techniques to investigate datasets using a variety of data science tools and methods 
  • Clean, harmonize, and analyze large datasets to test specific hypotheses or apply specific machine learning approaches  
  • Prepare and maintain relevant documentation and codebooks for the replication of prepared code 
  • Prepare and maintain large datasets created for focal research projects  
  • Assist in writing results and analyses 
  • Participate in regular Center meetings; support and interact with a community of student interns and postgraduate fellows. 
  • Other tasks as needed 

Qualifications 

  • Strong, demonstrated coding skills in R or Python 
  • Completed coursework in data science, computer science, or statistics  
  • Strong writing and research abilities 
  • Some economics coursework is desired 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask effectively  
  • Ability to work independently, communicate proactively, and drive projects 

How to Apply 

Undergraduates search for Job #29319, and Graduates search for Job #29324 on the Student Employment Office website. When given the opportunity, one single PDF labeled “Last name, First name – Data Science RA F22-23” that includes the following: 

  • Your CV 
  • A Statement of Interest 
  • Your academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable) 
  • A data science paper or project that you have completed for a class at Yale that demonstrates your familiarity with machine learning techniques and your application of skills coding in R, Python or other big data programming languages 

Who We Are 

The Economic Growth Center (EGC) was founded in 1961 with support from the Ford Foundation as the first research center in a major US university focused on the quantitative study of lower-income economies. It soon became the host for Yale’s master’s program in International and Development Economics (IDE), which continues to train development researchers and policy practitioners.  

Today, the Center is Yale’s hub for economics research and teaching on issues concerning lower-income economies and advancement of their populations. EGC researchers examine the links between economic growth, structural transformation, and individual outcomes, with a focus on how inequality and a changing climate affect individuals, especially those in marginalized groups. Others directly examine the political economy of development and ask how public policy can affect economic justice in lower-income settings. Many research projects and initiatives are in collaboration with governments and other policy counterparts in developing countries, creating a direct channel through which research insights benefit the lives of millions of people. The Center supports the wider research community by enabling open access to large-scale surveys conducted by its researchers, and it hosts the Program in Economic History, which supports historical analysis of economic growth in developed as well as developing countries. In the 2022-23 academic year, EGC is piloting a new Data Science in International Development Initiative.